Thursday, May 21, 2009

A decluttering and housing update

"GOOD MORNING!" That is what Logan greets us with every morning right now. He comes into the bedroom sometime between 5 and 7 am shouting "Good morning! Good Morning! Good mooooorn-ing!". It is really cute... after 6:30.

Everything is going well. At this point we are supposed to move in on June 6th. The inspection has passed, the papers have been signed, they have fixed the two things we asked them to. All is going really well. On the bank side of it, everything is going good as well. We have a first time buyer class next week that is, like, 5 hours long. Which isn't too much fun, but should be interesting and I am excited to get it over with. ;) All the papers are through except for a few things that have been updated. Those should be done within a week. No problems or bumps yet on that side.

On the decluttering front, we have gotten rid of about a dump truck load of stuff. I have bought a few things to replace a few that were run down, but other than that, it hasn't been coming back in either. Which is nice. Most of the stuff that was brought back in was decor for the new kitchen (the lamp, pictures, a red rug... that all makes me very happy. Teehehe!) and then summer clothes for the kids. I have given away tons of things that I never would have if we weren't moving and even after all the stress and the $2800 we have paid in gas bills over the last 6 months (yes, you read that right) I feel eventually it will be a blessing. (Ok, making lemonade here people!) I am still trying to figure out how to get some of that money back from our landlord. I don't think we can. The gas co rep said to seek legal council. I am just not sure if I care that much. Esp now that we are getting out.

For the new house, we need to get a few appliances. This is an interesting process for us as first time home buyers, because we don't know much about brands and price and all that. I know we have an electric stove top, a stove hood, an insert oven, and a fridge to buy. We are looking at the used places and the Sears outlet first to try to find some gems if we can. My goal is to buy them without credit at all. We are close to having enough in savings right now for both the rest of the down, and the appliances. If we get them used we will make it... *crossing fingers*.

This has been a really stressful week for me because I am trying to finish up the kids school stuff and then start packing. Don is a "works good under pressure" person... but he doesn't feel pressure until there is a fire or a shooting or something. So he is wondering why I am running around doing all this stuff 'so early'.... and it kinda makes me have mean thoughts. A lot. But the kids testing is done. So their school year is practically over (we still do school in the summer, so taking the next month off won't hurt us in the slightest), and I can relax and really concentrate on the house stuff soon.

My next declutter challenge is the garage and storage areas! I wish I had taken a before picture of our garage... cuz that baby was CRAZY... but the after doesn't look a whole lot better because it is clean, but PACKED with boxes. lol!


Katie said...

Good for you!!! Can't wait to see the house and how you decorate.

Buying without credit is AWESOME. We no longer use credit in any way. We do have an emergency card but it is at 0....the only thing we have is our car loan, and I hope in the future to also pay for that upfront.

Chell said...

Oh my word. COngrats on the house front that is GREAT news. Can't wait to see pictures of the house. And wow on the decluttering that is fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Oh Val!!! So excited for you!!! This stressful time will be over very soon and you won't even remember it! June 6 is my birthday~! A perfect day to move!!

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